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Master of Physician Assistant Studies Physician Assistant Studies

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program is a two-year, full-time, course-based master's program. The program is designed to educate generalist medical providers who work under the supervision of licenced medical practitioners, are eligible for the national certification exam, and qualify for registration with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

  • Program Type Master's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

(The following are in addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements)

The University of Calgary Master of Physician Assistant Studies program seeks applicants with a strong academic background and a commitment to success in a rigorous program. The admissions committee will consider each applicant’s strengths while selecting the best qualified candidates who align with the program’s mission.

Admissions requirements for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program include:

  1. Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Calgary. Students in their final year of study in a baccalaureate degree program may apply. Applicants will require a minimum GPA of 3.20 (on the University of Calgary four-point system) calculated over the most recent 60 units completed. All grades within a term will be included except where the number of courses taken within a term exceeds that required to fulfill the maximum of 60 units, in which case the highest grades will be used.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or an individual with refugee status in Canada.
  3. Prior client-facing health care experience. This may include direct hands-on patient care experience in a clinical setting, clinical placements in healthcare education programs, or volunteer experience. Applicants will be required to list the number of hours, location of experience, and role, as well as provide a verifier name and phone number.
  4. Provision of two referees (including names, contact information and phone number(s) of referees) who can complete a reference form in support of their applications. The letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s suitability for the program, professionalism, integrity, and motivation. Referees should preferably have a professional email address. Prior employers, professional colleagues, and academic advisors are acceptable references.
  5. A personal essay (500 words maximum) for either the Regular Admissions Pathway or the Parallel Admissions Pathway indicating what skills and attributes the applicant possesses to succeed in the program, and how the applicant sees their future role as a Physician Assistant.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $18,750.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $4,878.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,226.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated June 04, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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